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Jaguar or Bluebird? (A): Mark Chan’s Decision to Stay Overseas or Return Home after his Expatriate Assignment

Published 01 Oct 2003
Reference 5148
Region Global
Summary

Case A: Mark Chan worked for a British multinational in Singapore and was posted on an international assignment to its corporate headquarters in London. He performed well at his job and enjoyed a successful international career. When he and his wife decided to return home, he was unable to find a position that was requisite with his experience and skills back at the company’s Singapore subsidiary. The case ends with Mark Chan wondering what he should do. Case B: Mark Chan decided to move back home to Singapore and accepted a lower rank position compared to the one he held overseas. He started to feel bored with his job after a few months. His attempts to find a new job that was requisite with his experience and skills within his company did not yield any results. His wife and children also experienced problems adjusting back to life in Singapore. The case ends with Mark Chan taking the first step to find a new job.

Teaching objectives

The main teaching objectives are to illustrate the impact of an international assignment on career advancement and professional development, the career-related dilemmas faced by expatriate managers and the difficulties awaiting them upon return from an overseas assignment. Family re-adjustment problems are also highlighted. Students must reflect on the factors that contributed to re-entry problems, and explore approaches to improve international career management and repatriation practices.

Keywords
  • International assignments
  • Expatriate management
  • Repatriation
  • International human resource management
  • Careers
  • Career management
  • Leadership development
  • International career development. AR2003
  • RD0903
  • AR0304.